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'''Irwin Allen Ginsberg''' (; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture of the 1960s|counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression and was known as embodying various aspects of this counterculture, such as his views on drugs, hostility to bureaucracy and openness to Eastern religions. He was one of many influential American writers of his time known as the Beat Generation, which included famous writers such as Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Ginsberg is best known for his poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States.Ginsberg, Allen (2000), ''Deliberate Prose: Selected Essays 1952–1995''. Foreword by Edward...
Birth nameIrwin Allen Ginsberg
Birth date{{Birth date|1926|6|3|mf=y}}
Birth placeNewark, New Jersey, U.S.
Death date{{death date and age|1997|4|5|1926|6|3|mf=y}}
Death placeEast Village, Manhattan|East Village, New York City|New York, U.S.
Alma materMontclair State College,
Columbia University
PartnerPeter Orlovsky (1954–97; Ginsberg's death)
OccupationWriter, poet
MovementBeat Generation|Beat literature, hippie
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